Wednesday, January 26, 2005

An Interesting Question

Gindy asked the following question in another subject and I think it's too important a topic to leave in the bowels of the Haloscan debacle:

Have you heard Albright or anyone else (except for Ross) say this before so plainly? I am curious.

"I hope ... the new (Palestinian) leadership will understand what is being offered. Arafat turned down the best deal that any Palestinian will ever see," she told businessmen Wednesday at a lunch organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. Read article here.

My answer in the comments section.


At 12:09 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Actually, a surprising person has echoed a similar sentiment:

"In an interview with reporter Elsa Walsh, Saudi Arabia’s Prince Bandar said he told Arafat that if he didn’t make the deal, it would be a 'crime against the Palestinians.' ” (

Another telling paragraph from that article is the following -- and I wonder how much Albright had to do with it:

"Initially, Arafat’s recalcitrance looked like not only a crime against the Palestinian people but a huge public-relations blunder as well. In the U.S., in Europe, and even behind closed doors in the Muslim world, people were quickly turning against him. Slowly, however, a revisionist movement began. A second story line, PUSHED BY PEOPLE like Clinton aide Robert Malley, emerged. This narrative, prominently promoted in a controversial front-page New York Times article, said the offer wasn’t all it appeared to be. And in any event, there were many reasons Arafat simply could not make the deal: It robbed him of his dignity as a Muslim man because peace was offered not won; it required signing an end-of-conflict clause, which meant the Palestinians would have to give up their dream of all the land."

At 12:11 PM, Blogger Esther said...

I forgot to add, my boyfriend thinks Albright is saying this now to try to clean up her reputation. He said she wasn't very good on Israel.

At 1:44 PM, Blogger American On Line said...

The offer that was made was a Clinton-Barak package. There can be little doubt that Clinton's then SOS believed it was the best deal that any Palestinian would ever see. Arafat's rejection astonished everybody because it was a first offer that screamed for a counteroffer or negotiation, at the very least, but instead, Arafat gave the world the intifada. The central reason he did so has always been clear to this blogger: Arafat had been telling his people to stay in ghettos and camps from day one, with the promise that they would have the right to return to Israel so don;t waste time building a home there. This was a promise he could never keep. How could he tell his people who he kept in camps for so long that they should now go stay and build a new life on land that was available to that time, but that they were encouraged not to exploit? Israelis were also shocked at how much was offered, and it would have been a tough road for him too. The Clinton-Barak offer was so good, that Arafat would have been stuck in the headlights of his 'right of return' swindle, once it became clear what was offered, unless he burned everyone in hell trying to distract the world from his failure. He chose to a path designed to burn everyone in hell: the intifada. So good was his choice that in 2005 people don't realize what that criminal rejected and did to his people.

At 2:20 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

"I forgot to add, my boyfriend thinks Albright is saying this now to try to clean up her reputation. He said she wasn't very good on Israel."

I agree. I am looking for a quote from Clinton, Gore or someone in the administration. I would like to throw up an exact quote that says flat out that Arafat turned down 97% and is now unilatterally attacking Israel. From anyone besides Dennis Ross who is the only one I have heard talk specifics.

Let me know if you ever run across something. Thanks for putting this up.

At 2:21 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

By the way, your site seems to be running smooth again. I guess they fixed their problem.

At 4:00 PM, Blogger Tom Carter said...

I agree with American On Line. I've read that the "3%" missing from the "97%" Arafat was offered was the reason he refused it. I don't think so. Arafat was a terrorist at heart who hated Israel and all Jews. He was simply not capable of accepting a peace deal, any peace deal. Time will tell if his successors will be any different.

At 8:31 PM, Blogger American On Line said...

Even after his death the 'right of return' thorn lingered: "Abbas Urges 'Right of Return' for Palestinians"



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